Every summer has a sweet spot, and this weekend is absolutely it in Dayton. The musical choices this weekend are some of the best we'll see in this area, so take advantage! Get all the details below...
Thursday, June 25th
- Love Led Zeppelin? So do I! "Get the Led Out," a tribute band that claims the "American Led Zeppelin" title. The band painstakingly recreates Zeppelin classics, along with early songs that were rarely played live by the original LZ. This will be great fun for rock fans, especially with ticket prices only $10-$15 DoS. Music starts at 8 p.m. at The Fraze, and promises to deliver a solid two-hour set.
- If that gets you worked up, head over to Jimmie's Ladder 11 for even more amazing music! Thursday evening kicks off the first annual Jimmie Jam. A mutual celebration of music and Jimmie's birthday has culminated in a three-day evening festival, spanning Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday's lineup includes: Dayton/Cincinnati funk band Magic Jackson , Philadelphia's jazz funk four-piece The Dirk Quinn Band, and Asheville's popular jam band, Jahman Brahman. Cover is $10. Doors at 9 p.m., Music begins at 10 p.m. Be prepared to dance and get funky!
- For those that are a bit more adventurous, the 7th Annual Rock on the Farm Festival is starting tonight as well. This is a three-day, three stage festival strategy, with two stages dedicated to hard rock and metal. The third stage mixes jam bands, DJ's and other styles of music. Now your girlfriend has something to dance to! Tickets range from $35 for the whole weekend, in advance, to $20 for single Fri/Sat night tickets. Contact organizers if you have questions on ticket options.
Friday, June 26th
- Jimmie Jam continues this evening with two great bands, both coming from different musical influences, but equally upbeat and energetic! Scott Lee & the Whiskey River Boys start off the night, playing progressive folk, followed by Elementree Livity Project, Cincinnati's premiere rock reggae band. This will definitely a great night of music! Cover is $10. Doors 9 p.m., Music begins at 10 p.m.
- In the Oregon District, Bakou, an Afro-beat band from Cincinnati, is performing at the Trolley Stop. This group is formed by an eclectic group of musicians, all inspired by their multi-cultural fusion. Looking for something different from the norm? This is it! Have fun and be inspired. Music starts at 9:30 p.m.
- Across downtown, at Canal Public House, you can find LA band Dale performing with local funk rock band Gem City. I've mentioned Gem City in previous blogs. What a talented group! I'm such a sucker for a great horn section, and they sure do deliver! Dale is an energetic rock band passing through town on a Midwest tour. Give them a listen, and let me know what you think. I love getting feedback on shows. Music starts at 9 p.m.
- Folks south of town are in for a real treat at Old Crow Bar. Cincinnati's funkiest funk is combining for an incredible show: Freekbass is performing with Magic Jackson. Doesn't get more booty shakin' than that! Never heard of Freekbass? Well if you are a fan of Les Claypool and Primus, this is your local equivalent. Worth the drive from Dayton!
Sunday, June 28th
- Riff Raff Tavern's Blues & BBQ Sunday series is being held this Sunday, and is a great value. Love the music and BBQ combo on Sunday afternoons! Music is from 2-6 p.m., and this week features Pett Crow and Colin Richards. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 DoS.
Wednesday, July 1st
- Mid-week next week is my own concert I'm throwing in celebration of the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary, as a pre-party to the Fare The Well shows, and any of your July 4th plans! The party (at Oddbody's) gets started at 8 p.m. with the previously mentioned bands Arrows of Neon and Subterranean, followed by the featured band, New Riders of the Purple Sage. NRPS is an important part of the Dead's family tree, and was founded by Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. David still leads the band, and is a legendary music figure in the jam band scene. It's been a few years since NRPS has been in Dayton, and we are happy to welcome them back. Don't miss your chance to see them in an intimate setting. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 DoS.
As always, thank you for supporting the live music scene in Dayton.
Your Dayton Music Insider,
Note to Readers: The information above is for June 25th - July 1st. Please click the links to find out detailed information about the bands, venues and events, including start times, directions and pricing. I try to link band names with samples of their music. Always check with the venue about start times and ticket availability. As you can see, I try to promote as many shows as possible, but there will be some I miss. Keep me in the loop: @LibbyBallengee